The house is one of two plots to be developed on the site of existing steadings adjacent to a farmhouse. The existing steading was incapable of economic repair due to structural defects and had to be demolished. However, stone will be reclaimed where possible for external cladding combined with contemporary timber cladding and glazing to create an unique family home.
The L shape plan maintains the footprint of the original steading and creates two faces of the building, the public face looking south and east towards the adjacent properties which will be mainly stone clad with smaller openings to preserve privacy whilst also reflecting the design and proportions found in the original steading and surrounding agricultural buildings. The private face looks north and west across the valley and is more open and contemporary with large expanses of timber cladding and glazing. The plot sits on top of a brae with fantastic panoramic views and the clients’ desire was “to create a space I can sit and watch the weather approaching from Crieff”, which we have tried to incorporate throughout the proposed house as a major feature of the design. A strong emphasis has been placed on the performance of the house with consideration given to wall construction and detailing to minimise heat loss as well as the room layout and orientation to maximise solar gain. The development is ideal for creating off grid power and heating, due to the space available around the house it has been decided to install a ground source heat pump with photovoltaic panels providing further renewable energy.